Feb. 8, 2013
Public Citizen’s ‘Democracy in Motion’ Tour Heads to West Virginia, Campaigning for ‘Money Out/Voters In’
Organizers to Visit Three Cities, Build Support to Overturn Citizens United
WHAT: In the wake of the most expensive election cycle in history, Public Citizen’s “Democracy in Motion” tour will visit West Virginia to mobilize support for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
The three-city tour will stop in Shepherdstown, Morgantown and Huntington. Organizers will meet with community members and provide guidance to help pass a state resolution protesting the court’s decision, which said corporations could spend unlimited sums to influence elections. The tour comes in advance of a rally and lobby day to be held at the state’s Capitol building in Charleston on Feb. 19. It will be attended by community activists, state lawmakers and the secretary of state. If the Legislature calls for an amendment, West Virginia would be the 12th state to do so.
Dates and location of tour stops:
WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
WHERE: The Scarborough Library at Shepherd University 301 N. King St.
WHO: Joe Gray, community activist, and Nicole Barden, organizer with Public Citizen, will present information about organizing around local resolutions in West Virginia
WHEN: 12-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
WHERE: The Davis Gallery, West Virginia University College of Law Law School Drive
WHO: Law Professor Atiba Ellis and Nicole Barden, organizer with Public Citizen, will talk about how dark money in politics is a matter of voting rights
WHEN: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
WHERE: The Cabell County Public Library 455 9th St.
WHO: Dan Taylor, project coordinator with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and Nicole Barden, organizer with Public Citizen, will talk about environmental organizing and Citizens United